Yoga Studio Joins With Market for Chicken Slaughter Class
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

FROM

United Poultry Concerns (UPC)
June 27, 2014

UPDATE July 2: Here is what happened:

The chickens were killed. Free from Harm and UPC sent an e-mail with the resulting 3800 plus signatures on our Change.org petition to owners Russ Van Deursen and Heather Chase.

Deursen wrote back to UPC: “Soooo, fyi, no amount of signatures would have stopped this workshop, there were 8 attendees. And the petition should have been over hours ago, step away from your device and go outside and look up! Operate on a higher vibration… It was a glorious day.”

An article that ran on June 25, 2014 in the local paper, The Conway Daily Sun1 was conventionally slanted toward the local businesses;  at least it let readers know that there was strong opposition to the chicken slaughter class. Perhaps some or many will now think more deeply about the incompatibility of slaughtering animals and practicing yoga.

ACTION

A change.org petition with over 3,000 signatures was launched by United Poultry Concerns and Free from Harm. The groups were asking the owners of Be Well Studios and The Local Grocer to cancel the chicken killing class and spare the birds on their farm. They were also asking their supporters and the large yoga community to contact the owners and speak up on behalf of the chickens.

“As a polite and loyal customer, I sent a thoughtful email to the owners and asked them to reconsider the slaughter of these young birds,” Slitt said. “I was shocked when a policeman showed up with a restraining order.”

As of today, June 23, the June 28th throat-cutting is still scheduled.

chicken slaughter yogaHeather Chase
Co-owner of The Local Grocer, Be Well Studios and Mountain Flower Farm
heather@nhlocalgrocer.com

Russell Van Deursen
Co-owner of The Local Grocer, Be Well Studios and Mountain Flower Farm
russ@mtnFlowerFarm.com

The Local Grocer
phone (603) 356-6068 

AND sign this online petition from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Defying the well-established value of ahimsā (non-harming) that has been a central teaching for yoga practitioners for millennia, Be Well Studios, a Yoga and healing center is joining with The Local Grocer to sponsor a Permaculture class on how to “process” or slaughter chickens, scheduled for June 28th at Mountain Flower Farm in North Conway, NH. Laura Slitt, a The Local Grocer shopper and animal advocate, sent a respectful email to the owners asking that they cancel the needless killing of the birds pointing out that it is not “peaceful, natural or holistic.” Slitt contacted United Poultry Concerns and Free From Harm, national animal advocacy organizations, to assist her when she did not receive a response from the owners. Instead, Slitt was issued a restraining order signed by Heather Chase, a co-owner of the farm, yoga studio and grocery store.

“As a polite and loyal customer, I sent a thoughtful email to the owners and asked them to reconsider the slaughter of these young birds,” Slitt said. “I was shocked when a policeman showed up with a restraining order.”

United Poultry Concerns Founder and President Karen Davis, PhD said, “Distressingly, we are seeing do-it-yourself slaughtering classes more frequently, but when they are connected to a spiritual center of the community, it is particularly disturbing.” Davis said that for Be Well Studios to condone the killing of these chickens would be himsā (causing harm) and contrary to the very nature of Yogic tradition. “Those chickens don’t want to die, and it is not necessary to kill them,” she added.

Throat cutting, the most common method used by backyard, do-it-yourself slaughter hobbyists, is not a quick or painless death. The neck is full of pain receptors and other nerve endings, and it can take many minutes of intense suffering for the birds to bleed out while in a frightened state of agony and anxiety.

A change.org petition with over 3,000 signatures was launched by United Poultry Concerns and Free from Harm. The groups are asking the owners of Be Well Studios and The Local Grocer to cancel the chicken killing class and spare the birds on their farm. They are also asking their supporters and the large yoga community to contact the owners and speak up on behalf of the chickens. 


Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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